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What exactly does Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides mean? Please Define and explain.

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Created February 02, 2012 at 6:23 AM

What does Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides mean? Please define these terms and what they actually mean for a persons health.

What factors influence Cholesterol? What factors influence HDL? What factors influence LDL? What factors influence triglycerides? How big of a factor is genetics vs diet as an influence all of these things?

What is the difference between saturated fat and cholesterol? Does everything that has high cholesterol also have high saturated fat?

After getting blood-work detailing the above-mentioned variables, what do the numbers mean? What are ideal numbers to have?

Where is there more information that explains all of this in an easy to understand way without so many pages of information?

Can all of these questions be answered with adequate detail in a single page or two?

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on February 02, 2012
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genetics? we are all human we all make cholesterol, we even recycle the stuff. if given some notorious compounds called medicine cholesterol will act as an acute phase reactant to the stressor and will elevate not though dietary absorption but by endogenous synthesis. besides being a precursor to most human steroids cholesterol is protective and a stop gap to vessel rupture in times when vitamin C is deficient for adequate biosynthesis of collagen found in arterial blood vessels.

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:20 AM

remember that only animal fats will have cholesterol, the plant kingdom has other sterols that are not cholesterol. because animals store fat as a solid and not liquid guess what? they are saturated and solid at body temp. cool isnt it. so cholesterol and saturated fatty acids go hand in hand dont they. sure, it has to be that way.

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:06 AM

ah you want the understanding your lipid panel for dummies. to my knowledge it hasn't been written. it could be written. i could write it because im a dummy. im not going to because its too much work.

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on February 02, 2012
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http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com by Chris Masterjohn might be a good place to start.

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on February 02, 2012
at 06:57 AM

ok maybe i misunderstood your question so here we go again. cholesterol is an steroid alcohol that if we tried to transport it in blood it would just freely go into the nearest cell it touched. it would just fit right into the cell membrane. so nature has proteins or specific semi trucks if you will to transport cholesterol to targets. the known trucks full of cholesterol are HDL, LDL . triglycerides are lipids or fats that are non-steroidal. think of a triglyceride as three fatty acids bound to one glycerol.

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on February 02, 2012
at 06:44 AM

there is a reason they must be done fasting and that is because of the limitation they have. the numbers are nothing but a snapshot of lipid metabolism transportation system with the blood stream being the highway.if you want good numbers just fast beforehand and low and behold fat will be moving out of storage into the blood and to cells for metabolism. want some terrible numbers? eats lots of sugar and fat maby a half gallon of ice cream at bedtime. eight hour latter i bet you will still be packing it away and the numbers should look terrible. its supposed to be a measure of one cardiac risk of dying but cholesterol by it self is a zero predictor. seems humans are either gaining weight or loosing weight at any given time, however when we synthesize fats from fructose the fats are transported in a dangerous form very tiny particle size, not the kind found as dietary fat are detected if and only if specific tests are done. if you have a some biochemistry background watch the video on you tube called sugar the bitter truth.

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:25 PM

As Mash noted, http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com is a great resource.

If you're a visual learner, check out out Chris's presentation at the 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium: "Heart Disease and Molecular Degeneration" http://vimeo.com/27692174

Also, MDA recently posted a good summary (consistent with Chris's theories) on interpreting cholesterol test results: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-interpret-cholesterol-test-results/#axzz1lEaiNkoY

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